See Every Glittering Moment of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation
She’s worn the crown for the better part of the last century, and you can catch every minute of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation — 64 years ago this month — in the full-color documentary, A Queen Is Crowned, available on BritBox, a new streaming service from BBC and ITV. Here, we’ve got the most awe-inspiring moments from that historic day
While the Queen sits on her throne, the Archbishop of Canterbury conducts the coronation.
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The Queen's coronation was the first to be broadcast on television (though then-Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill disapproved.) Twenty million people tuned in around the world to watch the young Queen be crowned.
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The Queen wore the St. Edward’s Crown, which is only used at coronations. She wore the historical coronation ring and carried the Orb, a gold sphere and a cross. The Orb is covered in diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphire, pearls and an amethyst.
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Prince Charles, at nearly 5 years old, was able to attend his mother's coronation. Princess Anne, who was not yet 3, stayed at home at Buckingham Palace.
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The service was just over three hours long, and was held at London's Westminster Abbey.
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Three million people lined the streets of London, from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, to catch a glimpse of the Queen in her carriage.
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Afterwards, the royal family appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet the crowds — including Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Prince Charles and of course, Queen Elizabeth herself.